Quality video footage of Swedish heavy metallers PORTRAIT performing on January 26 at 013 in Tilburg, The Netherlands can be seen below (courtesy of “letthedeathmetalflow”).
PORTRAIT released its second full-length album, “Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae”, in May 2011 via Metal Blade Records. The CD was recorded at Necromorbus Studio (WATAIN, UNANIMATED, DESTRÖYER 666) in Alvik, Sweden. The album features cover artwork by Tobias Forge of REPUGNANT/SUBVISION fame and a guest appearance by Kimmo Kuusniemi from the Finnish cult act SARCOFAGUS.
A landing page for “Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae”, featuring pre-order options (CD and 2-gatefold LP) and a stream of the opening track, “Beast Of Fire”, can be accessed at this location.
According to a press release, “Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae” “is an album transcending the most glorious moments of ’80s heavy metal. . . You can only describe this album as the wet dream of any fan of heavy metal. [This] is metal in its purest form — relentless, energy-driven, complex, dark, catchy and HEAVY!”
Comments PORTRAIT guitarist Richard Lagergren: “The eight songs on ‘Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae’ constitutes PORTRAIT‘s by far darkest, hardest and most intense material to date.
“This album is an outburst of a long time of targeted hard work, an intense creative process and pure black magic. To hell and back and to hell again!
“To achieve the goals we had for this album, working with someone not being the obvious choice for our type of music proved to be just the right (or if you will, wrong) decision.
“‘Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae’ sounds like PORTRAIT was always meant to. It is hate, and it is love. And in many ways, it is our true debut album.”
PORTRAIT guitarist Christian Lindell stated about the recordings: “Outside the walls danced the plague that is man its one-way dance, so blindly strutting about the path that leads to its ever-hungry end. Inside the fires burned and the cauldron bubbled, enhancing forever the fierce opus that is ‘Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae’. A beastly support was present in the Necromorbus Studio, pointing us in the right directions all the way through those dark days in November. The songs could not have materialized in a more satisfying way than they have on this album. Prepare to get burnt to ash by its fires, swallowed by its darkness and forever trapped in its boundless abyss, in anguish trying to convince yourself that what you’ve gone through was only music. If this one doesn’t kill you, you’re already dead!”
Per Karlsson – Vocals
Richard Lagergren -Guitar
Christian Lindell – Guitar
David Olofsson – Bass
Anders Persson – Drums
For more information, visit www.portraitband.se.